Steve Ryan, 55, character actor

Actor had roles in 'West Wing,' 'Development'

Character actor Steve Ryan died September 3 in Duarte, Calif. after a long illness. He was 55.

A memorial service will be held Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena.

Ryan was often seen on primetime television with roles including Secretary of Defense Hutchinson on “The West Wing” and J. Walter Weatherman on “Arrested Development”.

Born in Manhattan, Ryan started his career in theater, appearing at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Yale Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, Hartford Stage and the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. He moved on to Broadway and off-Broadway productions including “The Iceman Cometh,” “Guys and Dolls,” “On The Waterfront” and “I’m Not Rappaport.”

He also had regular roles on “Daddio” and “Crime Story” and guest appearances including “Boston Legal,” “Six Feet Under,” “The George Lopez Show,” “American Dreams,” “Will & Grace”, “Oz”, “Law and Order,” “CSI” and “Without A Trace.”

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Donations may be made to City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Rd, Attn: Biller Center – Machris 1111, Duarte, CA 91010 (please note “Biller Center / Steve Ryan Memorial”).

More TV

  • Mo'Nique Calls for Netflix Boycott

    Mo'Nique Calls for Netflix Boycott Amid Pay Disparity Claim

    Character actor Steve Ryan died September 3 in Duarte, Calif. after a long illness. He was 55. A memorial service will be held Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. Ryan was often seen on primetime television with roles including Secretary of Defense Hutchinson on “The West […]

  • THE RESIDENT: L-R: Manish Dayal, guest

    TV Review: 'The Resident' on Fox

    Character actor Steve Ryan died September 3 in Duarte, Calif. after a long illness. He was 55. A memorial service will be held Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. Ryan was often seen on primetime television with roles including Secretary of Defense Hutchinson on “The West […]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Jessica Chastain"

    'Saturday Night Live' Parodies Amazon's Search for a Headquarters Home (Watch)

    Character actor Steve Ryan died September 3 in Duarte, Calif. after a long illness. He was 55. A memorial service will be held Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. Ryan was often seen on primetime television with roles including Secretary of Defense Hutchinson on “The West […]

  • Fisher Stevens, Ross Kauffman Team for

    Fisher Stevens, Ross Kauffman Team for Discovery Documentary 'Taken By the Tiger'

    Character actor Steve Ryan died September 3 in Duarte, Calif. after a long illness. He was 55. A memorial service will be held Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. Ryan was often seen on primetime television with roles including Secretary of Defense Hutchinson on “The West […]

  • Peter Dinklage Thinks It's 'the Perfect

    Peter Dinklage on Why It's 'the Perfect Time' to End 'Game of Thrones'

    Character actor Steve Ryan died September 3 in Duarte, Calif. after a long illness. He was 55. A memorial service will be held Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. Ryan was often seen on primetime television with roles including Secretary of Defense Hutchinson on “The West […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content